\VOH-kuhl freye\ n.
R.C. Anderson et al/PLOS ONE 2014
A sizzling or rattling sound to speech. Also known as the pulse register phonation or glottal fry, vocal fry is a quality of the lowest registers of the human voice.
The effect is produced when the vocal folds in the throat are pressed toward each other and relaxed, creating a popping, creaky sound. The noise can be a result of voice pathology, or simply an affectation. Once you learn to recognize vocal fry, you may start hearing it everywhere. Recent studies have highlighted vocal fry as particularly common among young women in North America.